THE Skoobmobile children’s library bus in Renfrewshire has motored its way to a top award. It won the Delegates Choice Award for the Best Mobile Library at a national conference.The Skoobmobile impressed delegates at the conference organised by the Public Library and Mobile Library Group, which is part of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, held recently in Staffordshire. When delegates came to choose the best mobile library in the country, the Skoobmobile won with 60 per cent of the votes.

As well as carrying a wide variety of children’s books, the refurbished mobile library is a flexible space, which can be adapted for different activities taking place inside.The Skoobmobile, launched earlier this year, has visited many schools, nurseries and community events, in Renfrewshire. It promotes play, literacy and learning for children up to 12 years and the bus has free Wi-Fi on board, along with iPads for youngsters to use.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, which now runs arts and cultural services, as well as sports and leisure centres, Joyce McKellar said: “Our Skoobmobile has really caught the imagination of youngsters and it’s a great way of encouraging them to read and learn through fun play activities.Well done to the libraries staff who travel with the bus all over Renfrewshire. The award is well deserved.”

Award pic caption: From left, Joyce Higgins, digital and libraries development manager; Jimi McGuigan, children and families mobile worker; Joyce McKellar, Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive; Pauline Simpson, mobile library co-ordinator with the award and Laurence Doherty, children and families worker.

There’s which resurfaced as a form of entertainment in the 16th century. In the past, horse racing was popular with the Romans (in the form of chariot races) and during the Dark and Medieval AGES. However, during the Middle Ages sports were used for military training rather than entertainment, until a record from Dumfries in 1575 showed that horse racing was back, and since then it has gone on to become a great British tradition in England and Scotland.

Paisley has a long and rich history with horse racing. In fact, the Paisley bell was a contender for the oldest Scots Racing Prizes. However, there was no race on the year that the bell was made in 1608, so the actual honour went to the Lanark Bell, also made in 1608. Horse races were established in Scotland throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. These races were established under the reign of James VI, who has very fond of the sport, and ended up becoming a wide interest of the public.

In 1836 there were two races held at Paisley, and it was only in the 19th century that a coherent record began to emerge. The records suggest that the two races had an attendance of 50,000 people for each day – an incredible figure that reveals just how popular the sport had become over the last few decades. For a while, the Paisley races were an important fixture for the aristocracy’s social calendars, attracting racing fans from all over the country.

Find out what other horse racing meets there are in the UK this year and see what horses are in the running. Companies like Cheltenham Bet will provide you with a simple and easy way to check the odds and make a bet in time for the races. The odds can help you to make a more informed decision, which will improve your chances of winning!


Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in England and Scotland, a longstanding tradition with a long and fascinating history; in fact it’s the second largest spectator sport in the UK. Betting on horses to make things a little more exciting has long been a part of the culture as well, so why not bet responsibly and have a great time at the racing event? There are plenty scattered throughout the year and there are more coming before the close of 2015.



On Thursday 29th of October RWCU will be attending University west of Scotland to work alongside the funding and advice team as part of the universities ‘money advice’ campaign. The campaign will encourage students to plan ahead and start saving.


The funding team at UWS work very hard throughout the year to ensure that students can study without having to stress about their financial situation. During the month long campaign the funding team want to encourage students to save for their summer as well as their future. RWCU will be working with UWS to promote sensible saving; being a member a credit union allows the students to have access to all the different products and services. Students can become members, save regularly and then access an ethical loan that could help them during the summer or after they have completed their studies.


A credit union is a ‘Mutual’ organisation, this means that it is owned by its members and all the benefits are for the members alone, keeping the money in Renfrewshire for the benefit of the people of Renfrewshire. As the money is being kept in Renfrewshire for the benefit of members it means that we are able to offer affordable loans at fair rates of interest to meet every day needs.

Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union will be working closely with the UWS funding department over the next few months to raise awareness of the saving options that are available to students and raise awareness of the credit union movement that is taking place. RWCU will be at the university from 11am – 2pm on Thursday 29th October.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is searching for nominations of local unsung heroes for the forthcoming Provost Community Awards.

Nominations are now open providing a chance to recognise people who devote their time to helping others in the community but expect nothing in return.

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There are five categories under which people can be nominated; Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year.

Provost Hall said: “Every year we uncover new people who work tirelessly for the community for nothing more than the satisfaction that they are making a difference. These awards are an excellent opportunity to thank those whose efforts go under the radar.

“Nominations are increasing each year which is terrific and deciding on the winners is proving more and more difficult.

“I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate as we must reward those individuals and groups who continually go that extra mile.”

Three categories are sponsored by local companies- Community Volunteer by Glasgow Airport Ltd; Community Group by the Piazza Shopping Centre; and Sporting Achievement by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services.

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Nicola MacNaughton, Glasgow Airport Communications and Public Affairs Manager, said: “Communities are founded on the time and effort put in by the people who live within them. These volunteers deserve recognition for their efforts and we are proud to honour them through this award.”

Piazza Centre Manager, Maureen Hill said: “There are many community groups across Renfrewshire which undertake vital work with little acknowledgement of their efforts. This award takes the time to thank them for their work and the impact they make in our communities.”

Acre Industrial Services Ltd Managing Director, Jim Price said: “Sport is an important part of local communities across all age groups and is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. We are delighted that we can continue to reward those who take their commitment to the next level and beyond.”

The Employer of the Year award is sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMIllan and encourages employees to nominate employers who have provided a positive working environment which provides training and development opportunities to its workforce.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison donates the Carers’ Award which rewards anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Nominations can be submitted online at

Printed forms are available at Council offices and facilities.

The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2016.

Winning candidates will be invited to the Provost’s Community Awards ceremony in March 2016.

monte carlo

A Belgian driver is set to travel all the way from Paisley to Monaco in the 2016 Monte Carlo Classic Rally behind the wheel of a London taxi.

Jean-Marie Herman (64) will set the meter of his 1950s Austin FX3 running at Paisley Abbey and hopes to still be going 2800km later, at the sun-kissed casino town of Monte Carlo.

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The audacious bid will retell one of the most colourful stories of the rally’s 105 year history and will put the UK starting city of Paisley in the spotlight on January 27th.

Back in 1961, ex F1 driver Tony Brooks and navigator Willy Cave piloted the same make of London cab from Scotland to the Riviera, capturing media attention across Europe.

That car was sponsored by BBC Sportsview and Belgian Jean-Marie researched the story before purchasing an exact replica in Germany three years ago for 4000 Euros.

Since then, he has been modifying the car to meet official regulations and is delighted to be entering his very first Monte Carlo Classic Rally, from Paisley.

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Speaking at the official launch of the 2016 rally at Paisley’s Anchor Mills, he said: “This is one of the most famous motoring events in the world and I hope the people of Scotland and the photographers will enjoy seeing the car when we leave Paisley Abbey.

“I gathered as much information online about the London taxi from 1961 and looked at the regulations to see what would comply with the rules for 2016.

“It was not too expensive to buy the exact replica in Europe but the restoration has cost quite a bit. The car is nearly ready now and I only need to attach all the rally-specific additions and the taxi meter!

“I have no pretensions of getting the best time or winning stages. My crew and I only want to get to Monaco and open a bottle of champagne at the harbour.”

Also in attendance at the launch was legendary navigator from 1961, Willy Cave, who recalls the frenzy the original London taxi caused back in the sixties.

Cave, now 88, is still navigating and has entries secured for the next two Monte Carlo Classic rallies, which will take him beyond his 90th birthday.

“I think it is great what Jean-Marie is doing and I hope he does as well as we were doing in the 1961 rally before we had to stop to do some BBC filming work,” said Cave, who will start the rally this year from Reims.

“When we entered the taxi, it was quite controversial in some quarters. One of the motoring journalists of the time suggested it was an unpopular move- that could not have been further from the truth.

“When we left Blythswood Square in Glasgow, the crowds were five deep and they loved the fact that myself and Peter Dimmock, the BBC Sportsview presenter, ‘hailed’ the cab in our bowler hats and umbrellas before we went on our way. The reaction was the same at every control point between Scotland and Monaco.”

Around 70 classic cars will go over the start ramp in Paisley on January 27th, with crowds of between 5000 and 10 000 spectators expected to wave the competitors off.

Paisley joins Oslo, Reims, Bad Homburg and Barcelona as one of the official start points.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council leader, added: “I would like to wish all the best to Jean-Marie and Willy ahead of their rally entries – great stories like this are what make the Monte such an utterly special event.

“We are delighted to be hosting the Rally here in Paisley for the third year in a row and we look forward to welcoming another big crowd in January.

“Hosting such a truly international event is really helping put Paisley on the map ahead of our upcoming bid for UK City of Culture, 2021.”

mill girls

From Northern England to Edinburgh Fringe, Glasgow and throughout Scotland, here’s what the audience has been saying about the show…
‘Wonderful! Sensitively portrayed.’
‘A real bit of nostalgia.’
’Was moved to tears, and laughed so much!’
Don’t  miss it!
mill girls
Paisley  –  Thomas Coat’s Memorial Church      
Sunday 25th October, 3pm
High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA
Auditorium, Mitchell Library, Glasgow  –  Scottish Book Week
Wednesday 25th November, 2pm 
North Street, Glasgow  G3 7DN
Tickets:  –  0141 353 8000
Comic and Tragic, Defiant and Loving
Paisley’s Mill Girls were unique with their swagger and radicalism: from factory floor and war efforts to friendships and love, ‘up the dancing’ in their finery, protesting for equal pay, striding out in their thousands…..’making a whole town stop’. Theirs is a familiar story taking its place alongside the great mill towns of Britain and the rich social history of working people. A poignant tribute to the mills legacy, the making of a place and its people.
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It’s the time of year when the toy and gadget industries try their hardest to promote their must-have Christmas presents and, for 2015, it looks as if hoverboards, also known as swegways, are at the top of many a letter to Santa.

In 1989, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travelled Back to the Future – to 21 October 2015. Fans of the film who envied Marty’s hoverboard might be pleased to see the gadget on sale, for real, in 2015. They don’t come cheap though, with reputable versions costing around £400.


But this latest craze has created a market in cheaper versions that are dangerously substandard and could result in injury, death or fire.

Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards Team, working with HMRC Border Control, recently detained two separate shipments of hoverboards at Glasgow Airport. 210 boards were bound for the Scottish market where they were expected to appeal to children, skateboarders, gadget enthusiasts and fans of the Back to the Future films.

However, the boards detained by eagle-eyed officials, are dangerous. Their plugs are seriously flawed. They have no fuses, are so small that they need to be forced into – and prised out – of sockets, and they are so flimsy that the pins break very easily. The adaptors supplied with the boards are also untested and likely to be inadequate. All these flaws create real risks of fire, electrocution and injury.

Buyers who think that changing the plug to a fused, more substantial model will make their hoverboards safe, could be making a dangerous mistake. The devices and their components have not been subject to any testing to prove their compliance with safety standards. A new plug will not compensate for any potential faults in the hoverboards.

Despite being marketed as being for people who weigh as little as 20 kilograms (3 stones) these hoverboards pose a very real threat to children. The boards run on 36 volts when children’s toys are limited to a 24 volt supply. They also carry no safety advice recommending that riders should wear helmets or protective clothing.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “There’s a lot of pressure on parents at this time year to make their children’s Christmas dreams come true but these hoverboards could turn the holidays into a nightmare. If you’re going to buy one of these, get it from a reputable shop, be ready to pay the full price, ensure that the plug and transformer – as well as the board itself- all comply with British standards and that check it for batch numbers, serial numbers and the EC safety mark. If you’re buying one for a child, ensure that the motor runs on no more than 24 volts and take all precautions with protective clothing. Do not buy a hoverboard from any dubious source, online auction or listings site.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards Team is keen to identify any dangerous hoverboards in the area. Councillor Devine continued: “We want to help keep people safe. If you’ve bought or been offered a hoverboard with what looks like a dodgy plug or if you’ve seen any advertised at a bargain price, please phone Trading Standards in confidence on 0300 300 0380. No one need know you’ve called and you could be saving someone from severe injury. ”

Paisley pirates

PAISLEY PIRATES   4                      SOLWAY SHARKS   3

Pirates pull back goal deficit late in the game to grind out a result. 


In the hosts first home game of the season, mistakes cost the Pirates early on, allowing Solway to capitalise and finish off their chances, despite out-shooting the visitors 45 to 19. 

The visitors found the back of Meechan’s net at 3.41 through Watson, with their second just over three minutes later from a Pirate defenders skate at 6.37. The first period resulting in the Pirates trailing 2–0, as they were unable to see their way past the Sharks netminder. 

Pirates came back in the second at 23.06, as CHRIS WILSON scored from an Orr pass.  FRASER CAMPBELL levelled the scoring as he found the back of Solway’s net over two minutes later.  However, Watson scored again for the visitors, finishing off the second period 3-2 in favour of Solway.  Pirates kept their heads and came out skating hard in the final period of the game as CHRIS WILSON scored the equaliser with ten minutes to go.  Pirates were not finished there, as they demonstrated how to use the extra man advantage with a powerplay goal from DAVID ORR to finally take the lead in the 56th minute.  Pirates continued with good offensive play as Solway pulled their netminder with just over a minute to go on the clock for a six on five advantage.  But Pirates blocked the shots and defended their own zone whilst remaining ‘calm’ to keep hold of the lead and win the game.


Pirates are in action again at the Braehead Arena this coming Sunday 25 October, as they host the Kirkcaldy Kestrels, Face-Off 6pm.



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Life at St Mirren Park is feeling a little rosier this week.

A 1-0 victory over Livingston has helped to put clear daylight between the Buddies and the Scottish Championship drop zone heading into a testing encounter with runaway leaders Rangers which has them priced at around 13/2 at the time of writing within the sports book of 32Red UK to take anything from that contest.

Back-to-back relegations does not bear thinking about for Ian Murray’s men, and few inside the camp will have allowed such thoughts to have crossed their mind.

We are, after all, yet to reach the end of October, with there being a lot of games to be played and a lot of points to be contested in the weeks and months to come.

Momentum will have to be established at some stage, though, if any lingering fears of being sucked into another basement battle are to be completely laid to rest.

Even with another victory on the board, only five points separate the Saints in sixth from Alloa in 10th, with three sides perched above the potential play-off trapdoor grouped together on 10 points.

What, then, do St Mirren have to do in order to ensure that they continue to look upwards, rather than over their shoulder?

Many of these points may feel like stating the obvious, but sometimes breaking football down to its simplest form is the best, and most productive approach.

Clean sheets: It goes without saying, but if you stop the opposition from scoring, you are not going to lose football matches. Of course, this is easier said than done, but plugging holes at the back should be considered a top priority for any side – regardless of league standing and ambition. This has, in truth, been an issue for the Saints for some time. Just two shut-outs were secured across the whole of the 2014/15 campaign, and only two have been added to that tally this term. To put things into perspective, the Saints have only failed to score in one outing this season – a 0-0 draw with Greenock Morton – so keeping opponents out should, in theory, deliver a much healthier points return.

Bite-sized chunks: Again, this is a philosophy adopted by just about every side on the planet, with fans and members of the press tired of hearing managers/players churn out the tired old cliché of taking things ‘one game at a time’. That does have to be the approach, but it can be difficult not to let focus drift when results are not going your way. St Mirren have to look at breaking their season down, though. Their next four league outings will see them face the current top four in the division, so they can consider this to be something of a bonus run – a sequence which could realign their ambition. After that testing period is over, they will then face Morton (twice), Queen of the South, Dumbarton, Alloa Athletic and Livingston through to the turn of the calendar year. This is a run they really should be looking to fill their boots in before once again taking stock of where they stand.

Home form: The Saints, as recent top-flight performers and League Cup winners, should fancy their chances each and every time they take to the field in front of their own supporters, with the betting markets of 32Red, betbright, 888sport et al likely to reflect that. St Mirren Park has, however, been anything but a fortress of late, with few opponents fearing a visit to Paisley. While successes have been enjoyed in the Petrofac Training Cup, just two points have been collected on home soil this season, with the clock having to be turned back to May 16th to find a last league victory. While meetings with Rangers and Hibernian next up may deliver little reward, there are fixtures to come which really need to turn the tide.

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Fans: Getting things right at home will be imperative to keeping supporters on board. There has been little indication as yet that the fans are growing restless, with attendances still averaging around 3,000 and Murray quick to talk up the travelling support being shown following Saturday’s victory at Livingston.

January: Stability and consistency will be key from this point, with it important that a favoured XI is settled upon and entrusted with generating positive results. Murray has resisted the urge to tinker too much thus far, and he will hope to see the faith he has shown rewarded. He will, however, also be aware that a sprinkling of additions in the New Year may help to freshen things up and either spark a surge over the second half of the season or help to build on the foundations which have been put down by that point.

modstuff 2015

Courtesy of John MCarney we have loads of photographs from last weeks Mod Stuff which has been an annual event in town thanks to LNP Promotions.

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Photographs include Friday at the Bungalow 1-4,
Scooter Ride Out Saturday 5-9 and Spiegletent Saturday night 9-12
links to each photo gallery on John’s website are as follows:
Ride Out

“Feel good Friday” was the official launch for the festival in Renfrewshire combining the work of many local artists and hosted by Clyde One DJ, Gina McKie on Friday Afternoon. The two hour event hosted poetry, dance, art, film, theatre and also awarded prizes to those involved in the local Photography competition.

PASSIONATE artists from all across Renfrewshire performed at ‘Feel Good Friday’ officially opening the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.


To launch the event Clyde One DJ, Gina McKie, kicked things off at the Wynd Centre, Paisley.

Several artistic groups and individuals were involved in showcasing their talents on the day and informing the packed out auditorium with what the area can expect until the end of the month.

SMHAFF is one of the biggest social justice festivals globally and is now on it’s 9th year and Renfrewshire has proudly played a huge role for the past eight years.

Gina said: “I think it’s fabulous how the event has kept on growing and it’s exciting to see more and more people at events.

“For me, it’s important to support this festival because the more we talk about mental health, that stigma gets removed and we can speak openly and honestly about mental health and that’s so important.

“If there’s one thing you are going to invest in make sure it’s yourself.”

The DJ and confidence coach has been supporting the festival in Renfrewshire for a few years and recognises its importance.

Gina continued: “So many get involved through arts, film, entertainment and express their views in different ways.

“It helps bring people together and adds an element of fun and for goodness sake – in this world can’t we just have a bit of fun.”

Performance poet, Jenny Lindsay, set the stage alight with her gripping poem ‘Today’ exploring the medical notion of rating wellness on any given day on a scale from one to ten.

It flips boundaries and gets to the nitty gritty of extreme highs and lows and reflects on what we would consider an average day, a manageable day, a six.

The audience was then captivated with a unique theatre performance called ‘Cirque de Passion,’ crafted by John Adam and the Changing Stages project.

It reiterated key global messages surrounding challenging the stigma of mental ill health including: I am a person and not a mental health problem and one small positive thought can change your whole day.

The theme of the festival this year is ‘passion’ and performer Stacey Campbell said: “I’ll tell you something and I’ll let you into a secret.

“This person is not a stranger but someone I used to be.

“Finally, my passion and the help of all my loved ones has finally set me free.

“Thank you for seeing me.”

Film-maker Louise Baird then shared her film ‘Static’ exploring the individual blocks we hold on to that help shape our personality, a project that she collaborated with the Network Service in Paisley.

Both Andrew Eaton-Lewis and Richard Warden from the Mental Health Foundation explored what was happening nationally with the festival and shared personal insight into the extensive programme in Renfrewshire again this month.

Dancer Clare Craig performed the Charleston in what a rousing performance and will be running a dance workshop as part of the programme.

Twins Rachelle and Britney, 15, who attend Mearns Academy sang their own hit song ‘Shout Out.’

The single is available on iTunes for 79p with all funds going to charity ‘Young Minds’ in memory of their friend who took their own life last year.

Within the auditorium there was silence as the crowd reacted and engaged with the emotional tune and they finished to rapturous applause.

Paisley writing group also shared some of the work they’ve been doing with Ruth Adamson and Julie Hardie sharing personal poems on the day.

The winners of the festival Photography competition were also announced.


Third place was awarded to Paul Quinn and just behind him sharing his love of books was Tom Chalmers in second place.

Scooping the top prize was John Gallacher with a unique depiction of people busking in Warsaw.

All pictures can be viewed at the RAMH photography exhibition in the Paisley Centre throughout the festival.

Jeanette Allan, lead coordinator of the Renfrewshire strand of the national festival said: ” For me and all those involved, we are very committed here in Renfrewshire about arts and recovery.

“Recovery from mental ill health using the arts is important, that’s why the Network Service plays an enormous role in supporting drama, writing, music and arts.

“It’s been great to be supported in the last year by Sarah Grant.

As the opening event of the festival drew to a close it was another local group who had the last word.

‘Buddy Beat’ performed a rendition of African drumming music allowing for audience participation and an uplifting end to the show-stopping opener – the audience left feeling good on opening Friday.

Festival Review – Feel Good Friday

By Holly McCormack


Renfrewshire residents popping into their local library this week enjoyed a free ‘sweet treat’ as part of a Get Online Week campaign.

A cup of tea and a bite of tablet was the draw as the campaign team from Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure hosted free ‘Tea and Tablet’ drop-in sessions across eight local libraries.

Library staff were on hand with tablet devices to demonstrate the ease of accessing the internet.


The initiative received further support from Sainsbury’s Braehead which donated Fairtrade tea, coffee and tablet for each session.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, dropped into Bishopton Library to watch one of the sessions.

Councillor Holmes said: “Initiatives like this really help to de-mystify the whole process of using modern, mobile technology like tablet devices to access the internet. While going online seems routine to most of us, there are still many people across our communities who aren’t part of the digital world. We want them to have the skills and confidence to use the internet – in the long run, it can save people time and money when they realise how much useful information a few clicks away.”

“Libraries are essential to this as they provide an environment many of our older residents in particular are comfortable in. Our libraries are fully equipped as local digital hubs offering free access to computers and free wi-fi, and our library staff can provide a helping hand in getting started.”

Details of free access computers and online learning across the area are available in Renfrewshire’s Digital Directory which can be picked up in all Renfrewshire libraries.